HAPPENINGS 
September 21, 2015 / 8 Tishrei 5776

Tuesday, Sept. 22          Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre)
Evening Service, 7:30pm

Wed., Sept. 23                Yom Kippur
Morning Service, 9:00am
Children's Service, 2:30pm
Healing Service, 3:30pm
Yizkor & Ne'ilah, 4:30pm
Break-the-Fast, 6:30pm at the Corr Home

Friday, Sept. 25             Shabbat Evening Service, 7:30pm

Saturday, Sept. 26         Author Event: Sasha Abromsky
7:00-9:00pm, Sanctuary

Sunday, Sept. 27            Religious School: Sukkah Palooza!
9:15am-12:15pm; Families invited 10:45am-12:15pm

Note: The Office will close at Noon on Tues., Sept. 22 and will be closed on Wed., Sept. 23 for Yom Kippur, and Mon., Sept. 28 for Sukkot.

In support of parents with children in school, we provide a letter to be given to teachers and coaches before the High Holy Days for excused absences. See the links below.

SERVICES


All are welcome to come
 celebrate with us.

Friday, September 25
7:30pm

CHESED
Hands

CHESED UPDATE

If you have Chesed needs or any questions, please contact our Chesed Coordinator, Marc Feder at chesed@bethchaim.com.
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P'TACH LIBEYNU

One out of every four families is touched by mental illness. The challenges are daunting.
P'tach Libeynu is working to educate people about mental illness; to provide needed support to families and their loved ones with mental illness; and to further this mission by helping Jewish synagogues and agencies to make mental illness a recognized part of tikkun olam.

Upcoming events:

Family Member Support Group
Sun., September 28, 7:00-8:30pm
Are you a parent, sibling, or child of an adult with mental illness? This group provides information as well as the opportunity to share and support each other as you learn to help your loved one. Facilitated by licensed clinical social worker, Rosemarie Frydman, and NAMI certified trainer Karen Cohen. For more information contact Karen at Karen@openourhearts.net or 925.945.7272.

 Visit www.OpenOurHearts.net for the monthly newsletter. 
Email  Diana Makieve or call 925.988.9767 with questions.
   
TIKKUN OLAM OPPORTUNITIES 

GARDEN PARK APARTMENTS
COMMUNITY DINNER
Beth Chaim will be cooking dinner for the residents of the Garden Park Apartments on Thursday, Oct. 8th, 6:00-8:00pm.
We need 10 volunteers to provide food for this meal ... entrees, salads, side dishes, desserts and bottled water. 
To sign-up
For more information, contact BCC Social Action Chair, Naomi Ehrlich, at 925.890.3875 or email socialaction@bethchaim.com.

TOILETRIES DRIVE
We continue to collect full and travel size cosmetics and toiletries for refugees of all ages for 
JCFS of the East Bay. 
Donations will be presented as a "hygiene kit" including: toothbrush/paste, soap, comb, deodorant, brush, dental floss and other basic items.
Please bring your items to the drop box in the foyer or to the office.
 
FOOD BANK OF 
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
Hunger is year-round battle. A reminder that we have a collection barrel in our lobby which is regularly picked up for distribution for those in need in our community.

MILESTONES
YAHRZEIT CANDLES
In our tradition, we say of loved ones who have died, "May their memory be a blessing" and mark this ongoing process of turning memory into blessing by lighting a yahrzeit candle and reciting the Mourner's Kaddish on the anniversary of their death. We will send you a reminder card two weeks before the anniversary of your loved one's passing and hope that you will consider attending Shabbat services to honor their memory. 
 
A yahrzeit candle is available for you to pick up at the Beth Chaim office at no charge for your observance.

Thank you to Judith Markowitz and Glen Schabacker for underwriting the Yahrzeit program.

QUICK LINKS
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Excused High Holy Day Absence Letters to Teachers and Coaches
Click HERE for the Cover Letter to Parents
Click HERE for the Letter to SRVUSD Teachers/Coaches
Click HERE for the Letter to Non-SRVUSD Teachers/Coaches (including public and private schools)
Click HERE for a note of support from the Jewish Community Relations Council

Check-in
We are not asking you to check-in this year. When you arrive, you will be greeted by a Board Member and we encourage you to review information on upcoming educational opportunities and to fill out a Yizkor card.

Our wonderful Chazzanut (Cantorial) Group will be singing meditative prayers 30 minutes before services begin and we ask you to quietly enter the sanctuary and take a seat. If you would like to greet friends and chat, we invite you to exit the sanctuary through the hallway to our lovely patio where we will have tables and chairs for your use.

Child Care for Yom Kippur Morning Service
BBYO will be providing child care for potty-trained children ages 3 to 7 years old for a suggested donation of $10 per child. They will also provide activities and snacks. Please take your child to Room 103 in the Tree of Life Pre-School prior to the service.

Food Drive
Please consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food items to support the Food Bank of Contra Costa County. We will have large barrels in the lobby for collection. You can also make a donation by sending a check to the Beth Chaim Office with a note stating "Food Bank."

Break-the-Fast
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 6:30pm at the Corr Home
Once again, Jonathan and Rae Corr have generously agreed to open their home for our Break-the-Fast gathering. If you can, please bring the following to share:
Last names A-P: Wine
Last names Q-Z: Dessert 
(finger food for ease in serving and enjoying, please)
The address is available in the Member Directory or by calling the office.No RSVP necessary; family and guests are welcome.

NOMINATIONS FOR 2016 BETH CHAIM BOARD OF DIRECTORS

As we reinvent our community in new and unique ways, we seek to engage those among us who would like to have a positive influence on this important process through a leadership position on the 2016 Board of Directors. Membership on the Board enables you to have a direct impact on the way our community operates. Making a contribution of your time in this way can be a meaningful way for you to make a deeper connection with our community. 

Any member interested in serving on our Board next year is invited to contact Nominating Committee Chair Drew Porter at amporter@aol.com.  Any member wishing to put forward the name of another member for nomination is also invited to contact Drew. Drew will be happy to answer any questions about the nominations process, what involvement in the Board entails or to schedule a conversation with the Nominating Committee.

BETH CHAIM 
NEW MEMBER OUTREACH

Beth Chaim announces a New Member Outreach incentive! For every new (or even returning) member or family you bring
forward who joins Beth Chaim, they will receive two complimentary tickets to our World Famous Gala on May 7th, 2016! And, as the inviting member, you will also receive two "thank you" tickets as well! 

For more information, contact Membership Director Roberta Gabriel at RobertaGabriel@outlook.com or call 925.389.1539.

BETH CHAIM 
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER STAR HAS ARRIVED!
BCC logo - no tagline Click HERE here for the latest issue of the Beth Chaim STAR (our bi-monthly newsletter).

 
BCC HAS A NEW PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP!
A new private group, "Beth Chaim Congregation Members," has been formed for BCC members and their families to connect and share about their lives and aspects of BCC life, both at the temple as well as outside of it. We will be sending out email invitations, which will come from our Office Administrative Assistant, Heidi Benson Stagg. Also, feel free to find us and send a request to join! Note: This supplements our Beth Chaim Congregation Facebook Page, which is open to the general public.

IN OUR GARDEN
Moreh Matt and the kids were back in the garden on Sunday.   They started their season by harvesting the potatoes that had been growing all summer. We uploaded the video to our member FB page, but for quick access, click below.
How many potatoes did we grow?  Send your guess to bcc.in.our.garden@gmail.com; closest guess wins a succulent for your garden.
After harvesting the potatoes, Moreh Matthew cooked them, and then served them up with some fresh tomatoes for the kids to taste. Why tomatoes and potatoes? If your child is in the gardening class, ask them to tell you why. 
Here's the answer: Tomatoes and potatoes are in the same family: The tomato, pepper, eggplant and potato are closely related. The tomato plant is occasionally grafted to the potato, resulting in a freak plant, which may produce tubers below ground and tomatoes above. This odd plant is sometimes called a "pomato,"
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YOGA AT BETH CHAIM
Saturdays, 10:00-11:30am, Beginning Sept. 26
Join instructor Jenifer Santer Zetlan for a gentle and loving yoga experience in the Beth Chaim Sanctuary. In this yoga series, students will be provided with a step-by-step approach to learning classical yoga postures. The class is FREE of charge and students of all levels are welcome. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear comfortable clothing. RSVP's are requested for instructor preparation. To RSVP or for questions or more information, call Jenifer at 805.478.0269.

SPECIAL AUTHOR EVENT: SASHA ABROMSKY
Saturday, Sept. 26, 7:00-9:00pm
Beth Chaim Sanctuary
Beth Chaim Congregation, in conjunction with Rakestraw Books of Danville, invite you to a special evening to meet author Sasha Abromsky as he discusses his latest book, a memoir entitled, The House of Twenty-Thousand Books, which came out in Sept. 2013, and was listed by the New York Times as amongst the 100 Notable Books of the Year. For more information about The House of Twenty-Thousand Books, click HERE.

SACRED JEWISH RHYTHMS
6 Consecutive Monday Evenings in the Sanctuary:
Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2; 7:30-9:00pm
$90 for the 6-class series
Learn to play and accompany Jewish liturgical music at home, in the synagogue, or under a tree. Instructor Bruce Silverman will highlight tranditional middle-eastern rhythms and simple all-purpose rhythms, perfect for prayer, singing, dancing and play9ing along with other instruments. Some drums and percussion will be provided. Payment may be made at the first class. For questions for to RSVP, contact Bruce at BruceSilverman6@gmail.com.

SUKKOT POTLUCK & CELEBRATION
Friday, October 2, 6:00-8:00pm
Join us for our joyous celebration of Sukkot! kids and adults of all ages are welcome. A brief Shabbat service will be followed by a dairy/vegetarian potluck dinner. Watch for an email after Yom Kippur with a link to the Sign-Up Genius to RSVP for the potluck dinner.

SIMCHAT TORAH
Friday, October 9, 7:00-9:00pm
Join us for the most energetic holiday of the year! The sanctuary chairs are moved so we can all literally "dance with the Torah!" 

ROSH CHODESH GATHERING
We will not meet in September due to the High Holy Days October 13, 7:00pm
At the Home of Fran Birnbaum
We will meet at 7:00pm for light refreshments and socializing and then begin the program promptly at 7:30pm, led by Gayle Reznikov. We usually end around 9:00pm. You don't need to have attended previously to enjoy this gathering. Watch for the eVite for RSVP details.

SABBATH: FINDING REST, RENEWAL & DELIGHT IN OUR BUSY LIVES
An Exciting New Class!
5 Tuesdays: Oct. 20, 27 & Nov. 3, 10 & 17, 7:30pm
Beth Chaim Sanctuary
Cost: $60, includes a copy of the book and entrance to the public event on Nov. 17 with the author
Rev. Steve Harms and Rabbi Dan will be co-teaching a class based on the spiritually uplifting book by Wayne Muller. The class will be interactive and engaging and embrace the essence of the book as we seek to explore the depth of this central spiritual practice in both Judaism and Christianity. In the final class on Nov. 17, Steve and Dan will interview and dialogue with the the author and share questions that emerge from the class. Register by clicking the PayPal link below or call email the Office at admin@bethchaim.com. Register early so you can pick up the book and begin reading.

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CHAI MITZVAH PROGRAM
Wednesday, October 21, 7:00pm
Beth Chaim Sanctuary
Last year, 18 people from Beth Chaim participated in this exciting national program of Jewish learning and spiritual engagement and we are beginning another eight-month session in October. The cost for all of the texts, classes and enrichment is only $25. You can get more information and register by going on the Chai Mitzvah website www.ChaiMitzvah.org.

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UNDER ONE TENT
CONTRA COSTA JEWISH BOOK & ARTS FESTIVAL
The annual festival kicks off on September 29th. For the full line-up, click HERE.

The Healing Power of Humor ... You Can't Ruin My Day!
Sunday, November 15, 2:00pm
Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living
Award-winning, best-selling author Allen Klein will explore how the Jewish people have used the power of humor to cope with adversity. With laughter and playful exercises, he will show us how to deal with life's not-so-funny stuff. Admission: $10. Co-sponsored by Beth Chaim Congregation.

An afternoon with Jesse Kellerman,
Author of The Golem of Paris and The Golem of Hollywood
Sunday, November 22, 3:00pm
Beth Chaim Sanctuary
We are proud to sponsor this Under One Tent event! Mystery writer Jesse Kellerman takes us into the life of Detective Jacob Lev, the hero of these two suspenseful "whodunits" that are shaped by religious mythology and family secrets that refuse to stay buried. Both books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Rakestraw Books.
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THE GRATITUDE TREE HAS TAKEN ROOT!
Our new piece of art temporarily graces the hallway wall to the library until we can prepare its permanent location in our front foyer. This beautiful tree adds depth and breadth to our Beth Chaim home and is a symbol of life and the on
going stories of our diverse membership. The title of the tree is "Modeh Ani,"which means "I give thanks." Leaves can be purchased to honor loved ones and events for all varieties of meaningful occasions and memories. Click HERE for a description and the order form for a leaf!

MEMBERSHIP BUSINESS DIRECTORY
If you would like your business listed in the Beth Chaim Website Business Directory, please email your information to our webmaster, Mark Garetz, at mark@garetz.com.

BUY CHALLAH, SUPPORT BETH CHAIM!
Orders due EVERY WEDNESDAY
Place your order by Wednesday each week and Tal's Patisserie will deliver your fresh baked plain or sesame challah to Beth Chaim by 10am every Friday. Loaves are only $5 each and Tal's will donate 20% back to Beth Chaim!  

Click the PayPal link below to order or call the office. You can also order multiple weeks at once.

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YEAR-ROUND FOOD DONATIONS AT BETH CHAIM
Beth Chaim is committed to supporting the great work of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. We are now participating in their neighborhood program by offering
green bags for members to keep at home. Put a food item every week, and drop it off in the bin when your bag is full! It's that easy to help stop hunger all year.  Contact Naomi, Director of Tikkun Olam, with Questions.
 
SHOP ON AMAZON = SUPPORT BETH CHAIM!
Visit smile.amazon.com to register. Search for Beth Chaim Congregation of Contra Costa County and that's it! Beth Chaim will receive 0.5% of every eligible purchase! Don't forget to bookmark the page for easy return shopping. Tell your friends!
BEIT MIDRASH - RELIGIOUS SCHOOL  MIDRASHA
UPCOMING RELIGIOUS SCHOOL EVENTS
For a list of September Events, click HERE.



WED. & THURS., SEPT. 23 & 24, 5:00-6:00PM
NO Hebrew Power Hour - Yom Kippur

SUNDAY, SEPT. 27. 9:15am-12:15pm
Sukkah-Palooza!
Families are invited to join us for Sukkot activities from 10:45am-12:15pm.

SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 10:00-11:00am
Holocaust Survivor Talk
Ben and Charlene Stern will be here to speak about Ben's Holocaust Survival. All congregants are welcome. Our 5th-7th grade students will attend. 

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CONTRA COSTA MIDRASHA

OPENING NIGHT
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7:15-9:15pm
B'nai Tikvah
Annual Opening Night party with a photo booth, round-robin of elective choices and more surprises!

REGISTER FOR THE 2015-16 YEAR
Visit http://shop.midrasha.com to enroll today!

For more information, to get questions answered, or just to say "hi" this summer, contact Devra Aarons, CCM's Directory, by phone 925.944.4701, email office@ccmidrasha.com, online at www.ccmidrasha.com, or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ccmidrasha.

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WEEKLY TORAH PORTION VIDEO
We invite you to share this week's video from G-d Cast with your children:

 SISTERHOOD

OUT-TO-LUNCH GROUP
Tuesday, September 29, 11:45am
Peasant and the Pear, downtown Danville
Join us for good food and fun. For information or to RSVP, email Janice Frankel at JaniceFrankel@yahoo.com.

For more information on Sisterhood contact Sara Goldstein at sara.e.goldstein@gmail.com or call 925.366.7272.

BROTHERHOOD

 

20th ANNUAL LAKE TAHOE WINTER GETAWAY

January 28th thru 31st

This is Brotherhood's signature event - Put it on your calendar now! A weekend in Lake Tahoe for the Brothers to spend time together, get to know each other and have fun. All activities are optional and include skiing and snowmobiling (when there is snow!), hiking, gondola ride and lunch at the top of Heavenly, visiting the casinos, hitting the gym, going to the movies, playing cards, catching up on your sleep and just hanging out. Torah study with Rabbi Dan and the Brotherhood Man of the Year Roast are also popular parts of the weekend. More information and details for reserving your spot will be coming soon.


UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
WITNESS OUR WELCOME WORSHIP CELEBRATION
Sunday, October 25, 4:30pm
Lynnewood United Methodist Church
4444 Black Ave., Pleasanton
This worship service celebrates congregations that are open and affirming to the GLBT community. Through music, preaching and fellowship, we'll proclaim, "Love will guide us!" Co-sponsored by Beth Chaim Congregation and over 30 congregations. All are welcome. Call 925.934.4208 with questions.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPFirst & Third Thursdays of the month, 5:30-7:00pmJewish Family & Children's Services of the East Bay2484 Shattuck Ave., Suite 210, Berkeley
An opportunity to get to know and support other caregivers while learning how to care for yourself while caring for another, how to manage stress and anxiety, how to establish realist goals and expectations and where to turn in the community for help. The group will be facilitated by Nancy Rothschild, LMFT. Drop ins welcome. $25 per session. For more information, contact Rita Clancy at 510.558.7800, ext. 257 or email rclancy@jfcs-eastbay.org.

HEBREW FREE LOANS
Hebrew Free Loans provides interest-free loans to Jewish residents in Northern California needing assistance or pursuing lifelong dreams. Loan categories include: student, adoption, business, first-time home buyer, unemployment, emergency, debt consolidation, and more. For more information or to apply for a loan, visit www.hflasf.org or call 415.546.9902.

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